After We Collided review

written by McKenzie Murdoch

After We Collided is the second movie installment in The After Series. The After series was originally on Wattpad and was actually a One Direction fanfic written by Anna Todd, but Gallery Publishing Group adapted them into actual books. This book series contains five books and so far two of them have been produced into movies. Beginning with After, which was released in 2019, it stars Tessa Young portrayed by Joespehine Langford and Hardin Scott played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin. 

Tessa Young is a freshman in college, with a very protective mother. She is a very good student and never really does anything she is not supposed to. She meets Hardin Scott, the typical bad boy in every book or movie with tattoos and a bad past. They meet at a party her roommate Steph (Khadijha Red Thunder) takes her to and is dared to kiss each other, but Tessa doesn’t go through with it. Tessa and Hardin simply seem to connect instantly and would eventually fall in love, but Tessa’s mother does not approve at all. 

Tessa’s mother is a bit controlling when it comes to her daughter and says if she continues to see Hardin she is getting cut off. This really only pushes Tessa and Hardin closer as they soon move in together. Now, all book lovers and movie watchers know that good things don’t seem to last and that’s what happened when Tessa finds out why Hardin seemed so interested in her in the first place. With that new information, that Hardin was really only initially interested in Tessa was because of the deal he made to get her to fall in love with him, Tessa went home and fixed her relationship with her mom and her ex-boyfriend Noah (Dylan Arnold), who she actually cheated on. She knows she has to go back to college, eventually, in spite of being basically betrayed by her boyfriend and all of her friends. Although, despite her fallout with everyone, she actually applies for the internship that would be similar to her dream job. All the meanwhile, Hardin is downfalling because he realizes he does actually love Tessa.  

At the end of the movie we are left with Tessa and Hardin sitting on the dock of the lake where they initially started their relationship, but are left with questions about it because they aren’t talking and there is no body language that can give anyone a hint at what is to come. Unless you have read the books, of course.

The second movie starts with the unresolved feelings Tessa has towards Hardin after finding out the bet he made to take her virginity. Being realistic, if someone walked into a relationship with those expectations and solely off of making a bet, even at first, I don’t understand how she let him back into her life after figuring it out. Alas, she did and our favorite toxic relationship is back. No viewer of After can deny that the relationship Hardin and Tessa have is toxic, but everyone seems to enjoy watching them. Although, I think I still liked the second movie better despite the fact that the first After movie had a way better soundtrack.

I will say the second movie was way more funny than the first. There were scenes which may seem a little raunchy, but were still hilarious. Also, I really enjoyed Tessa having some character development and not being such a pushover in this movie. She definitely grew up and grew a backbone.

In this movie we were introduced to some new characters including Trevor played by Dylan Sprouse and Kimberly played by Candice King. I really liked seeing Candice King in something other than The Vampire Diaries and she gave a really good performance. Also, the character she played was a nice refresher. She started out as a good person and was a good friend to Tessa without ulterior motives. Also, she isn’t a college student like the rest of them.

When first being introduced to Trevor, I was very skeptical of him. He is definitely a representation of the opposite of Hardin. Although, I have to admit that my first thought of Trevor and Tessa’s relationship was that it was cute, whether it was a possible relationship or just friendship. By the end of the movie I didn’t really like Trevor. It seemed like he always had ulterior motives. He is smug and thinks he knows everything, which I did not like.

Now regarding a returning character, Molly, played by Inanna Sarkis. Molly seems like the character that is just causing all the problems and is always at the root. I really just hate how she is depicted. She is often seen as jealous and desperate, especially when it comes to Hardin. I feel like Molly has so much potential as a character and I really hope she gets a redeeming arc. I think she has so much wasted potential.

One of my favorite characters, Landon, is Hardin’s step-brother and one of Tessa’s friends. Landon is played by Shane Paul McGhie in both movies, but is rumored to be leaving the After cast and his role will possibly be recast. I wish we actually got to see more of Landon, especially when it comes to his relationships with Hardin and Tessa. It feels like he is more of a side character than a main one and I hope the future movies bring his character more screen time. One of the other characters we don’t get to see much of is Noah, but in the second installment we got to see him a little bit more. Unfortunately, it was all completely ruined due to his relationship with Tessa’s mom. I think there is a fine line between being friends with an ex’s parent and having a cool relationship compared to having a weird relationship, where she treats Noah like her child rather than her actual daughter.

Another character we were introduced to is Hardin’s Mother, Trish Powell, played by Louise Lombard. She is by far my favorite character in the whole movie and I loved it. She is funny, light hearted and brave. She is literally the sweetest person in that whole movie.  

Throughout the film, I really saw some changes in a lot of the characters. I liked seeing Hardin try to be good and worthy of Tessa. Like, when it was her birthday and Hardin let her choose what they would do all day. That moment was filled with adorable and funny scenes. I especially loved the scene with Molly and Tessa on New Years, and it is by far my favorite.The ending of After We Collided surprised me. I honestly thought it was going to break my heart, but when the movie ended I was just left confused. A good thought is that the third and fourth books in the series have already been confirmed to be made into movies. Unfortunately, the third and fourth movies will have a different cast for a lot of returning characters. This is shown in the example of Karen, Hardin’s step-mother. On the bright side, Tessa and Hardin should remain the same.

Generals student journalists win big at IHSPA

Despite the cancellation of the Indiana High School State Press Association’s Fall Convention, the state-wide Harvey Awards were still awarded by IHSPA. Clarksville High School’s two student publications, the Generals’ Delivery and the Legatus, won 19 awards, sweeping the sports writing category.

Leading the Generals, junior Summer Neal won two first place awards, sports writing and public service announcement, second place in editorial, a third place in sports writing and an honorable mention for column writing. Also winning first place awards were senior Kelsey Pease in public service announcement and 2020 graduate Sam Soto-Mendoza for editorial cartooning. 

“I could not be more proud of our student journalists. They went above and beyond in covering our school community last year all while learning to navigate life during a pandemic,” adviser Kelly Short said. 

List of award winners:

News writing- 2nd place Kelsey Pease 

Feature writing- 3rd place McKenzie Murdoch

Sports writing- 1st place Summer Neal, 2nd place McKenzie Murdoch, 3rd Summer Neal

Editorial writing- 2nd place Summer Neal

Column writing- honorable mention (HM) Summer Neal, honorable mention (HM) Seth Wright

Infographic- honorable mention (HM) Tanner Page

Editorial Cartoon- 1st place Sam Soto-Medoza, 2 honorable mention (HM) Sam Soto-Mendoza

Advertising/PSA- 1st place Summer Neal and Kelsey Pease

Website- 3rd place 

Yearbook Features Student Life- (HM) Johelisa Santana and Kylie Perez

Yearbook Current Events Coverage- (HM) Johelisa Santana and Zowie Ferguson

Yearbook Ads/Index- 2nd place Kirsten Cummings

Yearbook Theme-3rd place Devyn Weathers, Kirsten Cummings and Johelisa Santana

Sports Coverage- (HM) Devyn Weathers, Sydney Stewart and Nikki Hatfield

Halloween can not be stopped, even by a pandemic

written by De’Airel Baker

Halloween is a very fun and memorable night for all kids. There’s always lots of excitement and anticipation as kids dress up as their favorite character and collect candy. This year, COVID-19 has hit the globe in the gut. Fortunately, Indiana has been cleared to stage 5, the final reopening stage that means everywhere around Indiana can be at full capacity (while wearing masks). The question is, will Halloween get cancelled before it even gets here?

Everyone has their opinions on whether or not Indiana should get a Halloween. Some say no because they just want to be safe. Some say yes because they could not imagine Halloween without candy and haunted houses. I believe Indiana should get a Halloween. Indiana should get a Halloween because we, as a community, have already missed out on so much. As long as people are being safe, I see no harm in one. For some, this is their very first or very last Halloween. Trick-or-treating is one of the best nights for a kid. They get to run around and get as much candy as their little bags can carry. Although, even if you are not going up to the houses, I feel like families should definitely still take precautions and make sure everyone is safe.

As people make their decisions to participate in Halloween activities, especially ones with big groups, they should definitely come up with a plan. The top priority for everyone should be to wear a mask and social distance as much as possible. Keep wipes or hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go and frequently use them. Also, maybe If you know that the streets will be packed with kids, adults, and teens, you could plan a different route for your family. 

For those who do not want to go out, there are other, maybe even more fun options. For example, a small costume party for the kids with games to compete for candy. You could make fall recipes or create Halloween crafts to hang around the house. Some could even have a haunted family game night or a movie night and create their own little trick-or-treating event inside the house. It may be boring, but with the right family and friends you will have a nice time.

CCSC students attend Black Lives Matter protests

written by De’Airel Baker

Sophomore Skye Howe attends one of the many Black Lives Matter protests in Louisville. photos from Skye Howe

When the civil rights movements were going on in the 1960s, there was a considerably smaller number of people participating than there is now. Then, there were only hundreds and thousands of people, today there are millions. Black Lives Matter protests have been happening throughout the United States. They began popping up as more and more people wanted to stop police brutality and all racially motivated violence that has been directed towards black people. When the protests first started they were peaceful, but some began to evolve into riots. As time passed, these demands for justice and equality have grown and become a familiar topic on all social media platforms. 

“It felt empowering to protest with all the other people for a good cause, but it was kind of sad to think about the fact that we had to protest in the first place,” said junior Selena Maldonado.“It felt like I needed to protest because I need to use my privilege to stand up for people without it. Yes, I was scared to go to a BLM protest because of what I saw on social media cause I didn’t want anything to happen to me.”

BLM has been the largest movement in U.S. history, 3.5 percent of the population has participated in these protests. The first BLM march was for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. He was walking home from the store and was fatally shot by a man that was patrolling the streets who said “I shot him because I wanted to.” Every race protested in more than 100 U.S. cities. 

“We started at the corner in Louisville and were standing around across the street from all of the national guard and police. We walked a few blocks chanting and stopped to kneel when traffic let us through. When I left, the police blocked everyone off and started to tear gas everyone.” said Maldonado. 

Protests have continued for several weeks across the country, fueled by the demand for structural changes for defunding the police departments. Clarksville, Indiana had their own peaceful protest. 

“It felt so amazing for protesting for my race and all the wrong things that have been going on in this world, During the protest, all we did was walk 3 miles, they gave us popsicles, water, and the Clarksville Police Department escorted us the whole 3 miles,” said junior Michael Nash. “I wanted to protest because I felt like that was the right thing to do and also our voices needed to be heard, I was not scared of what would happen if the protest went wrong or what I’ve been seeing over social media and all the other protest because I knew that the protest would not get out of hand.”

On June 20, 4 months ago in Jeffersonville, IN there was a group of protesters that marched through the streets all the way to a certain spot, and a man was killed at by the ISP. This march started with them having a prayer at a church. They wanted to send a message and that message was that everyone in the community needs to come together and that they are all Americans and that black lives do matter.

“It felt good to be out there protesting, it felt very empowering knowing that all these different races and ages from different backgrounds could come together and fight for what was right,” said sophomore Skye Howe. “During the protest, the media didn’t show what happened, but the cops used excessive force against us and had no reason to. We were down there peacefully protesting and the media made it seem like we were the ones being violent but it was the offices.”

There have been around 26,000,000 participants that have been in the BLM protests. There have been 14,000 arrests in all 49 cities since protests began. There was almost about $1.4 billion in damage from the protests that turned into riots. Over 40 businesses have been damaged. The difference between a protest and a riot is a protest is when there are people who are peacefully protesting and they want their voices to be heard, a riot is when people take that right and use it as another extent and they do damage to property or to people. Between the 24 of may and the 22 of August, there have been over 10,600 BLM events across the US. Over 10,100 of that BLM where peaceful protest and the 500 were riots. Some protests were peaceful but the news made it seem like they were rioting because of what the police would do when all they are trying to do is have their voice be heard.

“I went to a protest because it was the right thing to do. If there’s a group of people who need help everyone should come together and help them. I was not afraid to go and protest, the first I was nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect but not once was I scared because of the people around me protesting. The only thing I was worried about was what the cops might do to us.” said Howe.

Going to a BLM protest is a way to get everyone’s voice heard. To some people BLM is important. Although it may not be to all, someone has to speak up. In the protests, they say “we must stay woke” meaning we must know what is happening to us, daily. Knowing this will help keep us safe in this world from what is going outside our door and in our daily lives. During these protests, the people protesting for what is right need to play smarter not harder, and try to avoid these deathly situations that change our lives and the lives of others in a blink of an eye. How others see African Americans must be changed because it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is, everyone’s the same, no one needs to be treated differently than others because of their skin color. We are in 2020 and it is time for things to change.